Very Veiny? 3 Options For Eliminating Your Spider Veins

From wrinkles and stretch marks to blemishes or scars, physical changes and imperfections can be overwhelming. While many of these changes are only cosmetic, other physical changes can be signs of health related problems. If you are one of the 27 percent of adults in America who have visible veins in your legs, consulting your doctor is imperative to treat your specific venous disease. Using this guide, you can remove these unattractive veins from your legs.


While this is one of the most common procedures for removing spider and varicose veins, most people are not familiar with sclerotherapy. Conducted in office, your doctor reduces the dark discoloration of your vein through a specialized injection using needles. In most cases, you will need multiple sclerotherapy sessions to ensure the spider veins do not reappear.

If you are part of the 10 percent that does not see improvement with sclerotherapy, your doctor will recommend laser therapy to reduce the appearance of the veins.

Laser Therapy

Endovenous laser therapy may seem like a painful treatment, but a light sedative is only necessary to ease anxiety. During the procedure, your doctor will use a thin catheter to pass a laser fiber into a problematic vein. Using ultrasound equipment to see the damage, your doctor uses the laser to heat the vein to create scar tissue. This scar tissue will cause the vein to close, lose its blood supply, and eventually disappear.

Recovery time is minimal and you can usually return to regular activities immediately. However, your doctor will recommend wearing compression socks for a week after laser therapy for proper blood flow.

Dry Brushing

Sclerotherapy and laser therapy are generally safe procedures, but you may prefer a natural approach to eliminate your spider and varicose veins. While surprising to hear, brushing the surface of skin over your varicose veins can reduce the dark discoloration without medication or a visit to your doctor's office. Before learning the technique, it is important to understand how dry brushing works.

Lymph fluid is an imperative part of your body's circulatory system, but it is also a key component of your immune system. Without an effective immune system and proper blood flow,  your body will contain toxic waste and bacteria, which leads to unsightly varicose veins and illness. Dry brushing increases the supply of lymph fluid to enhance your immune system. With prolonged use, this natural approach will also improve your circulatory system.

To begin dry brushing and eliminate spider and varicose veins, complete the following steps:

  1. Purchase a soft-bristled brush. Many retailers offer long-handled brushes specifically designed for dry brushing.
  2. Ensure your body is completely dry before brushing. For the best results, brush before your morning or nightly shower.
  3. Start at your feet.  Use circular motions to brush the bottom of each foot. Work your way to the top of your feet.
  4. Use the same circular motions to brush over the dark veins on your legs and thighs.

Dry brushing for 30 minutes each day benefits your immune and circulatory system, but also helps ease stress and discomfort.

The unappealing spider veins do not have to affect your self-esteem. Using this guide of treatment options, you can eliminate the veins in a comfortable manner. For more information about spider vein treatment, contact a professional such as Niren Angle, MD.